Words and music by Dennis Livingston

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Performer: Scott Coulter
The Stories In My Mind:
Metropolitan Club, NYC 2011


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Dane Vannatter
Demo singer: Dane Vannatter
Demo pianist: Bill Duffy

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Length of song: 4:49

Song style/genre: Mid-tempo story-song, a strong classical music feel to the accompaniment

Key(s): C major to F major to A major

Note range (Low/High): middle C to F an octave above middle C

About the song: This holiday song depicts a divorced parent looking forward to the arrival of his or her children for their Christmas visit, along with other members of the extended family. The song follows an emotional arc from nostalgia as the parent gathers Christmas tree decorations, to bittersweet regret at the fact of divorce, to pleasurable anticipation of Christmas activities, to acceptance that the parent’s love for his children will endure no matter what else.

Gender point of view: It's ex-husbands who are usually in the position presented in the song, but it could be sung by a divorced mom as well using the alternative lyrics provided

Discography: 1. HOLIDAY HEART/Dane Vannatter (and other singers)/Disc 2, Track 18/Volunteer Records 002 (this is a benefit project for Saint Barnabas Hospice Center, Pennington, NJ)

Available at: Amazon





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